Gale Eugene Sayers played for the Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1971. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 at age 34. After his NFL career, Sayers began a career in sports administration and business. He served as the athletic director of Southern Illinois University from 1976 to 1981.
About Gale Sayers in brief
Gale Eugene Sayers was a halfback and return specialist in the National Football League. He played for the Chicago Bears from 1965 to 1971. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977 at age 34. Sayers played college football for the Kansas Jayhawks football team of the University of Kansas, where he compiled 4,020 all-purpose yards over three seasons. After his NFL career, Sayers began a career in sports administration and business, and served as the athletic director of Southern Illinois University from 1976 to 1981. He is the only player to occupy two positions on the team. His jersey number is retired by both the Bears and the Universityof Kansas. He set a state long jump record of 24 ft 101⁄2 in as a senior in 1961. His younger brother, Ron, later played running back for the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League, and his older brother, Roger, was a decorated college track and field athlete. His autobiography, I Am Third, inspired Sayers to write his autobiography, which in turn was the basis for the 1971 made-for-TV movie Brian’s Song. He has a son, Gale Sayers II, and a daughter, Gail Sayers, both of whom have also played professional football. He died in a car accident in 2011. He had a son with his third wife, Toni, who died of cancer in 2012. He also had a daughter with his fourth wife, Lisa Sayer, who also played pro football.
His son Gale and daughter-in-law Lisa Sayers have a son and daughter who both play professional football, and an adult daughter with whom he has one son, Gage Sayers. His great-grandson is NFL Hall of Famer and former Bears coach Don Shula. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 83. He still has a daughter. He once said he would like to have a grandchild. He said he has no plans to have any more children. He never had any children of his own, but he has two step-grandchildren and one step-great-granddaughter. He currently lives in Kansas City, Kansas. His brother Roger Sayers is a former professional football player and former coach of the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. His daughter, Lisa, is also a former pro football player, and their son has played in the NFL and the NFL Pro Football Association. He served as a college athletic director at Southern Illinois from 1976-1981. He won the NCAA Division I FBS FBS Championship in 1963 and 1964, and was a consensus pick for the College Football All-America Team in 1963, 1964 and 1964. In 1964, his senior year, he led the Jayhawks to a 15–14 upset over Oklahoma State with a 93-yard return of the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown. In 1963, he set an NCAA FBS record with a single-game-record 283 rushing yards.